Episode 32- Newbie Writer’s Podcast
May 12, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 32-Dyslexia, Dictation and Dentistry
What if you can’t read?
Guest: Steven Myers
As you know reading has become an everyday occurrence and it has come to the point where if you cannot read and write you will struggle. Some of the everyday problems are: not reading the price correctly, not knowing what I have written is correct, after reading for long period of time not knowing what I have read, not able to assess tone if the tone of a document is correct, the list goes on.
I cannot use a spell checker, as the spell checker will often tell me a word is spelled wrong, and often suggest answers, but it does not tell the difference between the different meanings of words that sound the same e.g. weight and wait.
My wife helps me when she can and the biggest issue is work. I am an electrical engineer, and most of my day is in the office designing systems and putting them onto drawings and writing reports. I have found tools to assist me, but I still need someone else to check it.
I found not reading because I enjoy it and more because I have to, limits me in a number of ways.
Over the last year I have started to down load books and podcasts, which I listen to commuting to and from work and whenever I get a chance to. When it comes to books I look at podiobooks.com most often. They provide audio books for the cost of a donation, they take a % of the donation. New stuff is always being posted. There are others but they are often less friendly to use.
What are the alternatives?
Dragon – Voice recognition
Word of the week
The word commemorates The Great Masticator, a title that these days might lead to juvenile hearers getting the giggles. He was Horace Fletcher, a food faddist of the end of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth. He advised people to chew each bite of their food 32 times, to eat small amounts, and only to eat when hungry and free from stress or anxiety. Hence the verb’s meaning, to chew thoroughly, and this rhyme of the time:
A portrait of Horace Fletcher
The Great Masticator
Eat somewhat less but eat it more
Would you be hearty beyond fourscore.
Eat not at all in worried mood
Or suffer harm from best of food.
Don’t gobble your food but “Fletcherize”
Each morsel you eat, if you’d be wise.
Don’t cause your blood pressure e’er to rise
By prizing your menu by its size.
The heyday of Fletcherism was the early 1900s. Time Magazine wrote a retrospective on the craze in 1928, “For a time wealthy mothers counted their children’s jaw beats at the table while ragged micks in the streets threatened to ‘Fletcherize’ their little enemies.” A good example appeared in 1908 in Food Remedies by Florence Daniel: “But whatever is taken must be ‘Fletcherised,’ that is, chewed and chewed and chewed until it is all reduced to liquid.” The word for a while became frequent in writings of all sorts. P G Wodehouse used the term in The Adventures of Sally in 1922 to illustrate the serious nature of a dog fight: “The raffish mongrel was apparently endeavouring to fletcherize a complete stranger of the Sealyham family.”
Fletcherism was taken seriously by many people and had some distinguished adherents; it lasted until the 1930s. Unfortunately, eating meals took much longer than usual and there were complaints that it severely restricted the conversation at dinner parties.
I love Xena, Princess Warrior. I still love her, I have the action figure on my desk.
I lover her because she can wield a heavy sword, wears low heel boots and her legs still look great, and she can beat up men.
Sometimes a woman just feels like beating up bad men.
Who was your super hero?
Why? What was it about their powers that appealed?
Write about it!
Damien’s friend “Meeko”
M.E.Franco- Leibster Award. Her website: http://mefrancoauthor.blogspot.com.au/